Are Online Learning, Virtual Learning, E-Learning, Distance Learning, and Blended Learning the Same

Are Online Learning, Virtual Learning, E-Learning, Distance Learning, and Blended Learning the Same? Learning online is a vast landscape. If asked, most of us would describe learning online in one specific way: learning on a computer. But learning online is more nuanced and includes a spectrum of characteristics. The terms online learning, virtual learning, e-learning, distance learning, and blended learning are unique; each refers to ... Read more

Four More Instructional Strategies for Successful Virtual Lessons

Four More Instructional Strategies for Successful Virtual Lessons Part 2 of 2 In Part 1, we talked about four effective instructional strategies and ways to implement them in virtual settings. In this post, we’ll explore four more strategies, each of which support student learning by promoting student ownership, metacognition, literacy, and application. Virtual settings pose particular advantages and particular challenges, so in addition to the planning ... Read more

Instructional Strategies for Successful Virtual Lessons

Instructional Strategies for Successful Virtual Lessons Part 1 of 2 I love talking about instruction. Exploring ideas for lessons, seeing what works, reflecting and revising, are all exciting topics to me. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how great instructional strategies from the elementary and secondary levels could translate to the higher education level. With student needs changing and the need for more comprehensive ... Read more

Five Tips for Promoting Faculty Wellness in Higher Ed

5 Tips for Promoting Faculty Wellness in Higher Ed I heard once that being a college professor is, objectively, the least stressful job available. Looking through multiple lists from career resource sites highlighting low-stress jobs, the job of professor is almost always in the top 10. The flexible hours and work-life balance, connecting with students and building relationships with them, the enjoyment of inquiry and ... Read more

Four Tips for Participating in a Virtual Meeting

Four Tips for Participating in a Virtual Meeting Last week, I presented some best practices for facilitating a successful virtual meeting: checking your technology, creating a professional background, having resources available, using engaging tools and structures, and determining next steps and making sure to follow through. Likewise, participants can contribute to successful meetings by using best practices of their own. Most importantly, the length ... Read more

Five Tips for Hosting Effective Virtual Student Meetings

Five Tips for Hosting Effective Virtual Student Meetings Virtual meetings provide a great opportunity to meet with students and diversify the circumstances in which to connect. Meeting in person is not always an option, especially for students who commute to campus, who have obligations outside of school that impact scheduling, or who have disabilities or other physical needs. Academic and student service office hours are ... Read more
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